CAIR Condemns Boko Haram Kidnapping, Threat to 'Sell' Schoolgirls

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned as "un-Islamic and obscene" the kidnapping and threat to "sell" more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terror group Boko Haram.

In its statement, CAIR said:

"It is almost impossible to express the level of disgust felt by American Muslims at the un-Islamic and obscene actions of the terrorist group Boko Haram for the kidnapping and threat to 'sell' hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls. We urge authorities in Nigeria and throughout the region to do everything they can to return the girls safely to their families and to eliminate the threat to peace and security posed by Boko Haram."

CAIR also renewed its condemnation of Boko Haram's decade-long campaign of violence and intimidation targeting Christians and Muslims.

In 2011, CAIR condemned bomb attacks on churches in Nigeria that left at least 35 people dead and many more injured.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, arubin@cair.com

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations



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